# Triginometry , algebra help

#### tweety1234

1. Homework Statement

In △ABC, AB=(2-x) cm, BC=(x+1) cm and ∠ABC=120°:

(a) Show that AC^2=x^2-x+7.

(b) Find the value of x for which AC has a minimum value

3. The Attempt at a Solution

I am having trouble with part 'b'

am suppose to complete the square , but I dont seem to get the right answer.

$$x^2 -x +7 =0$$

$$x^2 -x = -7$$

$$(x- \frac{1}{2} )^2 = -7 + \frac{1}{4}$$

$$(x- \frac{1}{2} )^2 = \frac{-27}{4}$$

$$x- \frac{1}{2} = -\frac{\sqrt27}{2}$$

and than am I suppose to solve for x ? what does it mean by minimum value?

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#### tiny-tim

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$$x^2 -x +7 =0$$
uhh? where did "=0" come from??

just minimise (x - 1/2)2 + 27/4 #### tweety1234

uhh? where did "=0" come from??

just minimise (x - 1/2)2 + 27/4 I dont understand what you mean by 'minimise' ? $$\frac{1}{4} + \frac{27}{4} = 7$$

x=7?

#### tiny-tim

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I dont understand what you mean by 'minimise' ?
Find the value of x for which (x - 1/2)2 + 27/4 is a minimum … what is that minimum? #### tweety1234

Find the value of x for which (x - 1/2)2 + 27/4 is a minimum … what is that minimum? IS the minimum 27/4 , when x = 1/2?

#### tiny-tim

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IS the minimum 27/4 , when x = 1/2?
Yup! That's what completing the square is all about! #### Mentallic

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$$(x- \frac{1}{2} )^2 = \frac{-27}{4}$$

$$x- \frac{1}{2} = -\frac{\sqrt27}{2}$$

This step is not correct as taking the square root of a negative number (right hand side of equation) results in complex, imaginary numbers; not the negative square root as you've done. Since x is imaginary, it means that $$x^2-x+7 \neq 0$$
And of course, you've already seen that the minimum value is 27/4 which is more than 0.

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